Updated: January 26, 2012
2012-01-27 – Updated for WordPress 3.3.
The WordPress TextMate Bundle is a TextMate bundle built with the sole purpose of reducing the amount of time spent digging around the WordPress core to look up the little things that we work with every day.
The plugin features auto-completion of WordPress functions, snippets for common sections of code, and templates for WordPress components. We even snuck in function completion for the Carrington template framework functions. We’re always making improvements as we find more that we want covered by the plugin (merged from WordPress MU with the WordPress 3.0 code base consolidation).
- Auto-completion of WordPress functions with parameter hinting.
- Parameter hinting for common functions like
[get_]bloginfo() and query vars.
- Snippets of common page and plugin parts like widget blogs, admin menus, and loops.
- Templates for some WordPress components like plugins and page templates.
- Carrington Blog function completion support
- Fully tab stopped parameter entries in function templates
- Function definition tool-tips
- Goto function command to jump to file and line number where a function is defined
- Validation of your Plugin’s
README.txt file against the WordPress online validator
- Multisite support starting with WordPress 3.0 (codebase merge from WordPress MU)
- Internationalization of strings in proper context
- Custom Post type functionality as refined in WordPress 3.0
General function completion can be invoked with a slight modification of the regular PHP function completion. We chose to use
Control-Shift-Escape as its easy to remember next to the regular PHP command (
Option-Escape). The completed function will include parameter hits for the function as best as my simple grep of the core will allow. I’m still trying to build a better way of grabbing comprehensive function definitions.
“Common” function prefixes are duplicated in to their own commands. They all pull from the same function definition list, but offer a limited scope search. These limited scopes are available for:
the_⇥, ie: thepost, thetitle
Functions that have many options or required a bit of special attention have been expanded in to their own completions:
get_bloginfo⇥ for bloginfo vars
wp_list_pages⇥ for listing pages and providing a standard starting point
metadata⇥ for quick access to the WordPress metadata apis
remote⇥ for quick access to the
cache⇥ – for quick access to the
transients⇥ – for quick access to the transient functions
Each of these is invoked with a tab trigger, for example:
We can’t (yet) look at the current project to pull in any custom defined functions (ie: in plugins and theme function files), but we’re working on that possibility.
Function definitions can be brought up by selecting or setting the carat inside the function that needs to be defined and then using
Command-Shift-H to bring up the function definition dialog.
Support WordPress Features
cptm⇥ – Snippets for adding a custom post types and customizing the edit screen messages
shortcode⇥ – snippet for generating shortcode functions
thumbnail⇥ – shortcut to display post_thumbnail related functions
taxonomy⇥ – shortcut to display taxonomy related functions
remove_theme_support⇥ – enabler functions for some built in WordPress features
WordPress 3.0 finally merged the WordPress MU code base in to the WordPress core. So now we have easy access to the MU functions (ie: I was too lazy before to scrape the MU code base separately) with
When pointed to an install of the current version of WordPress the bundle can jump to the definition of a function so that the function can be inspected.
Simply place the carat in a function name, or highlight the function, and press
Command-Shift-Option-H. If needed (and it will be the first time you run the command) you’ll be directed to enter the full path to your WordPress (or WordPress MU) install in the Preferences (
Command-Option-,) before the function completion can work properly.
The bundle includes snippets for some common operations we encounter during WordPress development. These include:
plugin_head⇥ – Insert plugin header
adminsubmenu⇥ – Add admin menu/submenu
widget⇥ – Add widget and widget control for WordPress 2.8+
widget-old⇥ – Add widget and widget control for versions older than WordPress 2.8
nwpq⇥ New WP_Query
theme_head⇥ – Theme head
comment⇥ – Comment template
commentform⇥ – Comment form template
post⇥ – Post template
sidebar⇥ – Sidebar template
wp-config⇥ – a full blown WP config file with all the possible options represented
readme⇥ – a sample plugin readme file
Actions & Filters
We’ve also included a complete list of built in WordPress Actions & Filters so that using
add_filter⇥ brings up a pre-compiled list of available actions and filters.
Scripts & Styles
enqueue⇥ you’ll be presented with a list of options for enqueuing scripts and styles. All the standard script options are included when using the straight enqueue option, or a parameter hinted function template can be inserted for enqueuing custom scripts.
There are also shortcuts for
register_script⇥ for access to
Who can ever remember all the user role levels? Now you don’t have to. With
user_can⇥ you’ll be presented with all the available user role levels to choose from.
Included are functions for quickly accessing common object members for post objects, query objects and the database object. The currently available completions are:
qv1⇥ for query vars
pv⇥ for post vars
wpdb⇥ for wbdb vars and methods
wp_query⇥ for wp_query vars and methods
Strings can be wrapped in internationalization functions using the shortcut
command-shift-i. Strings are wrapped according to their proper context:
- selected text inside single or double quotes is appropriately broken out of their quotes and added to
- selected strings, including their quotes, are added to an
- selected text in HTML scope are added to a
<?php _e() ?> block
A quick blog post writeup of the feature is here.
Starting with version 3.0 of this bundle the TextMate Shell Variable
WP_TEXT_DOMAIN is pulled (if present) and is used for the text-domain.
For some wp-cron can be a bit of a mystery. With the help of Sitepoint.com’s article on scheduling events this was demystified for me. I’ve used that article to build in some helpers for working with wp-cron’s system. Available triggers are:
register_event⇥ – register a one time event
schedule_event⇥ – register a recurring event
register_schedule⇥ – register a new time schedule for the cron system
clear_scheduled⇥ – unschedule a recurring event
clear_event⇥ – unschedule a one time event
Plugin README.txt Creation & Validation
readme⇥ to drop in a template of the WordPress plugin
README.txt validation just got a little bit easier. The bundle includes functionality to validate your
README.txt file without leaving TextMate. Once validated the
README.txt can be modified in the validation window and resubmitted if necessary.
Why bother typing your name and URL each time you create a new plugin or theme? Set these Variables in TextMate (Preferences > Advanced > Shell Variables) to have them automatically replaced with the values you specify:
There’s even more included that’s not yet mentioned here. Just browse through the bundle menu to see everything that’s available and play around with some of the function completions to see the multiple-levels of assistance that it provides.
The bundle will be kept up to date with WordPress’ latest release. There will be no conscious effort made to retain backwards compatibility in the current version of the bundle. If you need legacy support the last available bundle build for a version of WordPress will be tagged for backwards compatibility. Look at the github project page for this bundle and look at the available tags to see which backward versions are available.
If you find a bug, would like to see a feature implemented, or would like to contribute a feature to the project please use the Issue Tracker over at our GitHub project page. We’re not opposed to anything, though you may have to put up with our ideals in how we like to implement things 😉
- GetBundles (preferred method): The bundle is accessible in a couple of ways. If you use GetBundles you already have access to it. Look for the WordPress bundle authored by Gipetto and install it. GetBundles also keeps the TextMate support libraries up to date so this is the preferred option. Not using GetBundles? Alex Payne includes GetBundles in a good writeup that includes a few other must have items for TextMate.
If you don’t use GetBundles then skip on over to the Project page over at GitHub. There you’ll have a couple of options:
- Git: If you’re familiar with Git then grab the Public Clone url and pull the plugin down to your
~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles directory (its OK to create this structure if it doesn’t exist). Reload your bundles or restart TextMate to load the bundle.
- Direct download: If you don’t do Git then click on the download link and pull down your preferred compressed format. Decompress it to
~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles (its OK to create this structure if it doesn’t already exist). Reload your bundles or restart TextMate to load the bundle.
About the closest I’ll get to an official changelog on this is the GitHub commit log: View Commit History.
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